Matthew 10:26-42; Leviticus 9-10; Proverbs 23
I guess I’m probably in trouble with God. If following Jesus were like school, I would constantly be in the principal’s office. The referral would read something like, “refused to share the picture that said, ‘If you really love Jesus, you’ll share this picture.’” Does anyone else have that problem? There is a subtle undercurrent about those types of pictures that comes from Matthew. “Therefore, everyone who acknowledges me before people, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven. But everyone who denies me before people, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33) As followers of Jesus we are called to share His love, His grace and His forgiveness. We are called to acknowledge Him before people. The truth is that there are many ways to do that; there is not one set way. One way to see if we are fulfilling this Scripture would be the old question: “If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict?” Could they convict you at home, at church, or at work? Acknowledging Jesus before men is a daily activity, not a one-time, sharing of a picture, or even sharing a lot of pictures. The best evidence we could amass “against” ourselves for being a Christian is a merciful and compassionate attitude towards others – treating them like Jesus would. This along with words that proclaim the power of Jesus in our lives would be an instant conviction. The days may come when that conviction could be life threatening. If God’s in control, that’s ok too.
Lord God, help me to acknowledge that You are Lord of my life each and every day. Remind me that I need to tell others about You as well as show others Your love, grace and mercy in my daily life.